By George she is back

September 26, 2017 | Townsville Fire news

Two-time JCU Townsville Fire championship winner Cayla George says it is like she never left after completing her first training session with the squad in more than 500 days.

A lot of water has gone under the bridge for the 28-year-old since she last pulled on a Fire singlet including stops in Rio, Hungary and Phoenix before returning full circle.

Having touched down in North Queensland after bowing out in the semi-finals of the WNBA finals with Phoenix, George said it was great to be in such a familiar setting.

“To be honest it feels like I never left,” George told the media today.

“But it is really exciting to be back with the Fire fam and the Townsville fam and I’m just looking forward to the season starting.

“Like I said before it feels like I never left. I jumped straight back into practice – besides the new uniform and a few new faces – I stepped right back into the same spot as I warm-up in and everything just seemed like I had never left.”

During her two seasons with the Fire, George averaged 15.4 points and 11.2 rebounds as she played a key role in the club’s championship success.

The World Championship bronze medallist finish second in the WNBL MVP in her debut year before leading the competition in rebounding in 2015/16.

Her combination with five-time WNBL MVP Suzy Batkovic proved frightening on occasions and George said the pair wasted little time re-forming their combination at training last night.

“Claudia (Brassard) put me on the same team as Suzy,” George said.

“I was excited to get back on the court with her and we had a few high-low looks so it is exciting to see what we can do this year.”

The Fire have less than a fortnight before the open their season on the road against the Melbourne Boomers on October 7 before hosting the UC Capitals at Townsville Stadium on October 13.

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